Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Iraq funding vote

I've watched as the Democrats have pushed to have meaningful timetables and accountability as part of the recent war funding bill. I am of two minds on this issue. On the one hand, I am angry that they basically gave in to Bush's demands for just a pile of money. But, I can see reasons why it happened.

By pushing like they did, they were able to get the Republican congressmen and congresswomen on paper as supporters of Bush's War Without End (BWWE). Those votes are going to cost them come November 2008. They also showed the American public that Democrats can put together meaningful legislation to end BWWE. That is good.

And, passing the toothless bill does at least remove the claim of not supplying the troops. And, I have to say, I'm not happy that Hillary and Obama voted no. To my mind, they are pandering to the anti-war (actually anti-BWWE) left. That NO vote could come back to haunt them too.

Time will tell how passing this particular bill will effect the course of BWWE.